Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 7pm. We'll be in the private dining room at Cafe Express, 3418 N Lamar Blvd. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, except June and December. They are free and open to the public. For those who wish to come early, we gather around 5:45 PM for dinner, drinks, and fellowship. We pay for our own meals and request a $3 donation for room rental and the guest speaker's meal. The short business meeting starts at 7:00 PM, followed by the guest speaker's presentation.

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President Nick Morgan (right) presents Elton Prewitt with Honorary Membership in the Travis County Archeological Society at the March 8, 2018 meeting.   

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Next meeting August 21st

Christopher Ringstaff, Staff Archeologist, Texas Department of Transportation

Prehistoric Flintknapping Tools of Texas: Examining Indirect Percussion Technique through Experimental Archeology

As an experimental archeologist, my curiosity of prehistoric flintknapping methods has led to recent collections and literature review of prehistoric flintknapping implements. Initial findings of this review revealed a number of antler artifacts believed to be used for indirect percussion referenced as punches, antler cylinders, and drifts. This paper provides an overview of these implements from various sites and contexts across the state. The artifacts examined in this study were used to design replicas for subsequent flintknapping experimentation. A summary of these experiments is presented to discuss function, technique and ergonomics, comparative use-wear, manufacturing results, and debitage.


 Photo courtesy of the TARL Blog

Chris Ringstaff is a staff archeologist at the Texas Department of Transportation.  He earned his BA in Anthropology and MA in Geography from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). His thesis work focused on landform evolution and archeological preservation at San Marcos Springs. Over the past 30 years Mr. Ringstaff has worked for numerous Universities, CRM firms, and State agencies on projects across the country including the Southern and Northern Plains, Southwest, and throughout Texas. Beyond fieldwork, Mr. Ringstaff enjoys experimental archeology, lithic technology and analysis. He has worked on lithic sourcing studies and lithic analyses from sites in Northern Great Plains and the Lampasas Cut-Plain, Edwards Plateau, Coastal Plains, and Rio Grande Plains of Texas. His replication work for archeological projects and academic research includes the production of Late Prehistoric Gahagan and Beveled bifaces, Middle Archaic triangular bifaces of South Texas, Early Late Stone Age wedges of South Africa, Late Paleoindian Scottsbluff points, and Late Paleoindian Angostura points from Central Texas. 


October 20: TARL Archeology Fair (Pickle Campus, Austin)
October 26-28: Texas Archeological Society Annual Meeting (Menger Hotel, San Antonio)

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